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The Rehoboth Beach Film Society presents screenings of the notorious 20th-century opera "Wozzeck" starring Peter Mattei (pictured) from Jan. 20–21./Photo courtesy of Rehoboth Beach Film Society.
Kick off the new decade by attending must-see performances and exhibits.
Week of Jan. 1-7
January Winter Group Show at the Station Gallery
1/2–1/31 • Greenville
Check out a rotating group of artists Monday through Saturday during the January Winter Group Show at the Station Gallery.
Week of Jan. 8-14
Cash Unchained: The Ultimate Johnny Cash Experience
1/10 • Wilmington
Relive the sound of a generation as Cash Unchained: The Ultimate Johnny Cash Experience brings the sounds and stylings of Johnny Cash to downtown Wilmington. Cash Unchained explores the entire catalog of one of country music’s legends.
Delaware Beach Life Magazine Photo Exhibit Contest
1/10–1/12 & 1/24–1/26 • Rehoboth Beach
See the winning photos chosen from over 200 entries to the 13th annual Delaware Beach Life Magazine Photo Exhibit contest. Visit the Rehoboth Beach Museum to view photos highlighting the beauty of Delaware’s beaches.
Pete the Cat at The Grand
1/14 • Wilmington
Bring the kids to enjoy an adventure with Pete the Cat as he helps a second-grader conquer art class while learning about inspiration. The two performances are recommended for children in pre-K to second grade.
Week of Jan. 15-21
Serafin Ensemble & Friends Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary
1/15 • Wilmington
The Music School of Delaware hosts a celebration of classical music with the Serafin Ensemble & Friends Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary. Proceeds benefit the Anthony G. Simmons Scholarship Fund and annual scholarships.
The Delaware Symphony Orchestra's False Starts
1/17 • Wilmington
The Delaware Symphony Orchestra presents False Starts as part of their classics series. The first half opens with Borodin’s overture to Prince Igor; there’s a pre-discussion of the works at 6:30 p.m.
The Music School of Delaware's Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Tribute
1/17 • Wilmington
Honor the 100th birthday of jazz legend Charlie Parker and the late legendary novelist Toni Morrison as the Music School of Delaware hosts the Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Tribute.
The Motels at The Queen
1/18 • Wilmington
The ’80s are coming back to The Queen as The Motels bring their New Wave music to the modern era.
The Jersey Boys./Courtesy of Joan Marcus
The Jersey Boys at The Playhouse
1/18–1/19 • Wilmington
The Jersey Boys are coming to Wilmington for three performances at The Playhouse at Rodney Square. The musical features hits like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man” and more.
1/20–21 • Rehoboth Beach
The Rehoboth Beach Film Society presents screenings of the notorious 20th-century opera Wozzeck, featuring a bold apocalyptic wasteland setting created by visual artist and director William Kentridge. This reimagining of composer Alban Berg’s first opera stars Peter Mattei in the lead role, with musical director Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the podium.
Week of Jan. 22-29
A Mother’s Rite Ballet
1/23 • Wilmington
The Delaware Art Museum presents the contemporary ballet A Mother’s Rite, focusing on the painful but familiar story of a black mother coping with the loss of her child. A panel discussion follows the performance.
Courtney Barnett at The Queen
1/23 • Wilmington
Australian singer, songwriter and musician Courtney Barnett takes the stage for a solo performance, featuring her deadpan style and wit.
Tom Papa at The Grand
1/24 • Wilmington
Wilmington welcomes critically acclaimed stand-up comedian, podcast host and performer Tom Papa to The Grand. Catch up on his most recent hourlong comedy special Human Mule on streaming services.
Grayscale at The Queen
1/24 • Wilmington
Philadelphia quintet Grayscale plays The Queen for a night of nostalgia and modern rock.
Bethany Beach Fire and Ice Festival
1/24–1/26 • Bethany Beach
The Fire and Ice Festival returns to Bethany Beach for a weekend of family activities. New this year, the festival expands to Ocean View and Millville for “Out of this World,” featuring space-themed events and sculptures.
Seasons: Winter Juried Members’ Showcase Exhibition
1/24–4/19 • Rehoboth Beach
Observe artists’ interpretations of the four seasons in Seasons: Winter Juried Members’ Showcase Exhibition. The Rehoboth Beach City Hall hosts the showcase, focusing on winter, with traditional and abstract pieces of any medium.
Ending this month
Cinderella & Co. at the Brandywine River Museum of Art
Thru. 1/5 • Chadds Ford, Pa.
See Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Little Bears, and The Three Little Pigs star in an introspective exhibit at the Brandywine River Museum of Art. Guest curator H. Nichols B. Clark strips away the textual considerations and puts a focus on a broad array of imagery. Attendees will be able to see three classic tales in a new light.
Costuming The Crown at Winterthur
Thru. 1/5 • Winterthur
Fans of the critically acclaimed and Emmy Award–winning Netflix series should not miss the last chance to see the beautiful costumes from The Crown. The Winterthur Museum features 40 iconic pieces designed to replicate styles from the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
Follies at Winterthur
Thru. 1/5 • Wilmington
Take a step inside Henry Francis du Pont’s garden and find yourself in a world of garden follies. This is Winterthur’s first-ever exhibition of whimsical and classic garden structures. With 13 of those structures ranging from a Gothic-inspired tower, a Chinese pavilion, to an enchanting faerie cottage, you won’t want to miss this.
Thru. 1/10 • Wilmington
Shawn Frost’s gallery uses “several different surfaces depending on [his] choice of mediums, which include oil, acrylic, cold wax, pastel, cold wax and oil sticks.”
Be the Dinosaur at the Delaware Museum of Natural History
Thru. 1/19 • Wilmington
Ever wonder what it’s like to be a dinosaur? Your wish has been granted at the Delaware Museum of Natural History. This exhibit is interactive and engaging, allowing participants to experience what it was like to roam the Earth 65 million years ago. You’ll do it all: hunt, eat, hide, survive. Repeat.
Posing Beauty in African American Culture at the Delaware Art Museum
Thru. 1/26 • Wilmington
This exhibit takes a look at the contested ways African and African American beauty have been represented in historical and contemporary contexts. Curated by Deborah Willis, attendees willl be able to see a variety of media ranging from photography to film to fashion, among other forms of popular culture including music and the internet.
Throughout the month
Riverfront Ice Skating Rink
Thru. March • Wilmington
Pretend the holidays are still in full swing at the Riverfront Ice Skating Rink with fun on ice for the whole family.